Thursday, August 13, 2009

MSI Microbicides Monitor: 3-10 August 2009

MSI Microbicides Monitor: 3-10 August 2009
Issue 1
Monday, 10 August 2009
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The MSI Microbicides Monitor provides a weekly snapshot of major news pieces on microbicides research, advocacy and development from around the world, including news highlights from countries where clinical trials are taking place, and links to major microbicides-related events or other advocacy opportunities. This is issue 1 (3-10 August 2009):

Molecular Condom' may protect women from HIV
Women who are fed up with their partners not wearing condoms during sex may soon have a new tool to protect themselves against HIV infection. Scientists at the University of Utah have created a gel that women can apply internally that works as a “molecular condom” to block the virus from entering the vagina. Their findings were published online yesterday in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The distribution of this gel could greatly reduce the transmission of HIV in both developing and developed countries, while offering women a discreet way to take control of their sexual health. Read more


MU researchers pioneer HIV cream
The new product would help stop the spread of HIV between sexual partners. The product is a cream that either partner can apply before sexual contact, which then kills the virus before it spreads to the other partner. "This compound has been shown to work extremely well and actually work much better than leading candidates for microbicides that are currently in clinical trials," said Stefan G. Sarafianos, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology in MU's School of Medicine. Read more

CMA Awards medal of honour to Mark A Weinberg (who chaired Microbicides 2000 in Washington DC)
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) will present the 2009 CMA Medal of Honour to Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, one of the first Canadian scientists to study HIV/AIDS and tireless global advocate for funding of HIV intervention programs and universal access to prevention, care
and treatment programs. Read more

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Upcoming events related to Microbicides

Microbicides International Conference, 2010 - Building bridges in HIV Prevention, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA (22-25 May 2010)
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Produced and disseminated by Citizen News Service (CNS) for Microbicides Society of India (MSI)

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